|Native Solutions to Conservation
Refugees asks that:
1. African Parks Foundation (APF) makes copies of the contracts they have signed with the Ethiopian Federal Government and with the SNNPRS (Southern Regional) Government, freely available to local people.
2. addenda are inserted into these contracts that APF have already signed, on Nech Sar Park and the Omo Park, stating that, under APF management, no local people will be displaced, or denied access to grazing or agricultural land lying within the park boundaries.
3. APF will negotiate written agreements with each affected local group, safeguarding its rights to a secure livelihood in its existing territories, and setting out the principles of ‘co-management’, as has been proposed. These agreements should be signed before any discussions are entered into with local people concerning the details of the management plans for the two parks.
4. the U.S. Department of State, Conservation International and the African Development Bank, provide no funds to APF for the management of Nech Sar and the Omo National Parks, Ethiopia, unless and until it has satisfied the above conditions.